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the obama years. more people are getting heating assistance, cell phones. you name it, you can get more of it in the obama years. point is there is no plan to rein this in. the president is adamantly opposed to any spending cuts or any reining in of these run-away programs. >>gretchen: one in six americans now on food stamps. i think one in four children, i've heard, are on food stamps. >> 19.9 million children are fed by the federal government. >>gretchen: you know what comes to mind is i wonder what president bill clinton thinks about this. he's been an advocate of president obama, obviously helping him get reelected, but he was in charge of welfare reform. a lot of these things have been rolled back. i'm wondering what he thinks about this. >> i don't think he's said anything. he's been a big supporter of president obama in the election campaign last year, but i don't think welfare reform and the reversal of reform ever came up. i don't know what he thinks about this. >>steve: this could be one of the indicators why fitch is talking about down grading the u.s. debt once again. >> pre
kennedy, both 76 years old. if either of them were to leave and obama could replace them, his legacy would be dramatically different. >> in both cases, they seem pretty healthy and they both seem that they want to go on. >> absolutely. and they don't want to give the seat to barack obama. these justices are very aware of which president picks their replacement and they don't want to undo their own legacy by giving a president of the other party the chance to replace them h >> the swearing-in ceremony for the president of the united states coming up at 11:55 a.m. eastern. we will, of course, have live coverage of that live coverage in the next hour, the president heading over to arlington national sell tamper you saw the motorcade leaving the white house there is the tomb of the unknown. the president will be there to remember those who served, those who died. the president and the vice president will lay a wreath at the tomb of the unknowns. we are watching all of this unfold. our special coverage continues right after this. you name it...i've hooked it. but there's one... one that's alway
excited, s.e.? >> i'm thrilled. the thrill is gone after four years. president obama about to change the tone in washington. unfortunately, d.c. is still tone deaf. >> i'm steve kornacki. we are taking you through our favorite inauguration moments today and since the footage of 1864 is a bit grainy, i go with something slightly more contemporary. >> i'm krystal ball, this is another historic event. what president's past, present and future can learn from it. >>> t-minus two days until president obama makes history again. on sunday, he'll be sworn in for a second term in the highest office in the land. but did you know obama will become the second president ever to take the oath of office four times? yeah. that's right. steve kornacki told me that. in 2009, he took it twice after chief justice roberts botched it the first time. good job, john. the president will again the lay hand on the bible, january 20th required by the constitution but since it's a sunday, the parades, balls and public swearing in, the fourth oath, pushed until monday the mlk holiday. such poetic justice, that. do
president obama's sworn in on monday. >> and different thing than we saw four years ago but really, today, interesting development with this debt ceiling negotiations. you have got, mark, the republicans at their retreat coming out now saying that they want to have a temporary extension, the white house saying essentially this is that same kick the can move that we have seen from lawmakers in washington, d.c. so when you look at the numbers and how the republicans have an all-time low, the president is higher than he's been in his first term as far as approval. how do we jive that in again with this latest battle? we kind of see where the american people sides with likability and doesn't break the stalemates with house republicans. >> it doesn't but, tamron, i think today's development at the very short term is a significant break. president obama talking about breaking the quote/unquote fever of republicans and looking at what they have proposed is taking the battle away from the debt ceiling and moving it to having the senate duke it out over the budget process. of course, this means we
voters helped sweep president obama back to power for another four years. democrats scored more than twice as many latino votes as republicans did. nick valencia looks at what this means for the next four years. >> in 201, the sleeping giant woke up. more than 70% of latino voters supported barack obama, propelling him into a second term as u.s. president. and for the first time in the history of u.s. elections, latinos made up a double digit porths of the electorate. 10%. but the win for democrats was not as easy as it looked. says "usa today" columnist and latino vote analyst raul reyes. >> during his first term, there was a lot of anxiety among the latino community because it seemed like he had forgotten about his promise on immigration. meanwhile, there were record deportations going on, breaking up families. >> while obama may not have been entirely to keep his word on reform, it's the words used by republicans when discussing the imintegration issue ta may have been their undoing. voters from nevada to florida told cnn suggests like self-deportation by mitt romney hurt the repu
'm john berman along with randi kaye. president obama has something new on his limousine for this inauguration weekend. we'll show it to you here. at the bottom it says taxation without representation. washington, d.c. dmv put that on plates 13 years ago. the district city council passed a resolution last week asking the president to change his plates, he did. >> there they are. >>> we all know what it takes to throw a good party, even an inauguration party. good friends, good food and maybe a good cocktail or two. what does that mean here in washington? >> when it comes to political parties, none bigger than a presidential inaugration, like any good celebration, it requires the right spirit. perhaps best served with a little bit of history. derek brown of washington's columbia room describes a long tradition linking presidents and cocktails. >> there's the entertainment side of it. presidents are also just people. >> reporter: starting with a founding father who operated his own whiskey distillery. >> reporter: through fdr who put liquor back on the table. >> he enjoyed
. >> but here we are, almost 50 years later and i've been asked by president obama to deliver this invocation. and -- >> do you see this is sort of fulfilling a destiny? >> let's say it is, all right? and i accept that. because today we have many of the same concerns that we had then. perhaps not as much violence. but we still have violence. and i think it makes at least i hope it will make people think of the past and look at what they are doing today to change things. it's a constant that's there. and i have been so blessed in all of my horror and the pain that my children have gone through, to have come this far. and i hope to be able to instill dignity and determination to move this country forward. in the three minutes that i have. i don't know if that's possible. n i'm going to give it a try. >> you said you want people to think about the past while you'll be speaking but what will you be thinking about as you gaze out over the crowd. you seem so confident? >> i think i will hold my grandmother close, near and dear to me. she was the one that set the standards for me to follow. and she
says president obama. >> the difference between this year and 2011 is the fact that we have made $1.2 trillion in cuts. at the time i indicated that there were cuts that we can sensibly make that would not damage our economy. would not impede growth. >> in a statement, john boehner stood by the efforts to use the debt ceiling as leverage. the american people do not support raising the debt ceiling without reducing spending at the same time, he said. the consequences of failing to increase the debt ceiling are real and so too are the consequences of allowing our spending problem to go unresolved. >> if you think about the first four years. >> hoary addressed concern that is the new cabinet lacks diversity. of the 16 cabinet positions, only two are women. recent appointments to posts have been white men. the president promised the diversity of his second term cabinet will meet that of his first. >> i would suggest that everybody wait until they have seen all my appointments. who is in the white house staff and who is in my cabinet before they rush to judgment. >> the president respond
years, here's president obama with his arm against a republican, and someone will use that against a certain member of congress. so i don't think we can blame the president for his style. it's just another part of this terrible political gridlock we have. president obama is a warm and engaging man. he doesn't have the charm of a john f. kennedy or ronald reagan, but he's plenty friendly to everybody he meets, including reporters. >> he is, indeed. doug, thanks. i want to play some of the highlights from the presidential press conference. this is really what drove the conversation. it is all about the need for the government to pay our bills. >> to even entertain the idea of this happening, of the united states of america not paying its bills, is irresponsible. it's absurd. as the speaker said two years ago, and i'm quoting speaker boehner now, a financial disaster not only for us, but for the worldwide economy. so we've got to pay our bills. and republicans in congress have two choices here. they can act responsibly and pay america's bills, or they can act irresponsibly and put ame
for ten years before it expired in 2004. since president obama introduced those measures all of the discussion in washington has been about the viability of what he is proposing, right? renewing the assault weapons ban, that's not viable, that'll never pass. that is the chorus from washington. the nra of course says that nothing will pass. old steve stockman says i don't care if anything passes, let's impeach him anyway, gun grab, gun grab. but because of what is going on in washington right now, because that is the discussion, we are also -- we're not just getting the sort of predictable loudness from predictable washington loud voices. we are also getting something really useful. we're also getting polling. and when it is as dramatic as it is on the issue of guns, the polling speaks pretty loudly itself. did you see the results from the cbs/"new york times" poll on whether people support the idea of having universal background checks? this proposal, president obamas making this proposal to have background checks on guns but for everybody. no more loopholes. everybody has to
$600 billion in interest costs per year, that's what we're trying to prevent. my suggestion is we increase the debt ceiling in incremental amounts until we get president obama to get serious about reducing spending. >> so you will increase it. >> you will vote increase it in an incremental amount? >> there's a good construct in terms of giving you know, $1 of increase in the debt ceiling for every dollar in deficit reduction. that's what we have to start using the debt ceiling to impose the spending discipline on this administration. and president obama saying that we don't have a spending problem. we have a spending problem in this nation. we have a deficit spending problem. that's where we have to start getting it under control. this debate is not going away. >> we've heard all of the, bumper stickers, let me bring you balk to my example of february 15th. we have $52 billion in committed spending. there isn't a chest of money sitting around for all the extra stuff. i've got a list, interest, which is the one you're talking, about the biggest parks $30 billion. we're talking in n
late last year, mr. obama says he will retaliate. >> the world is watching. the use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable. >> reporter: countries that lived through the arab spring two years ago are morphing into a zone of instability. barack obama put his administration on the line for egypt's president mohamed morsi, a member of the muslim brotherhood. but egypt's economy is on the ropes. across the region, political storm clouds ar gathering as iran, israel and eight arab countries hold crucial elections this year. >> in every one of them, a new form of right, far, far right is emerging as to change the balance of power. >> reporter: in his first term, barack obama said he was making the middle east peace process a priority, but middle east expert aaron david miller says don't get your hopes up for this term. >> the fact is if you -- if the administration tried to put mahmoud abbas and benjamin netanyahu down together, right now, or in february, at the negotiating table, the gaps between them are so large that they simply cannot be bridged and the u.s., yet again,
has four years of governing ahead of him and he has a legacy to build. these next four years are incredibly important for what barack obama, president obama is going to stand for in history. i agree with maria, it has to be about unity. tomorrow is a day for lofty rhetoric. not a day for details or policy specifics. it's a day to bring us together to make us all feel american and celebrate democracy. you know what i think he's going to try to be? memorable. very few memorable state of the inaugural addresses. i think he is going to shoot for that memory tomorrow. >> a lot of democrats in town and a lot of the parties today, tomorrow, will be democrats. what do you do if you're a republican this weekend? what is the right way to behave today, tomorrow and then going forward, do you think? >> watch it on tv and eat ice cream. >> eat bonbons on the couch. >> dump your thumb in whiskey. let me tell you. i love the pomp and circumstance, i love the ceremony it and i love the significance. both maria and i were not born here. we come from different countries where there has been po
.s. military, how is the obama administration in this coming up four years going to go after this new al qaeda refuge? these are very remote areas. the u.s. military has very few forces in the region and, look, they are going to need permission of countries to go in there if they are going to go into these places. algeria has made it clear it doesn't want help. and libya is it a country that basically has no coherent national military force, a lot of militias running many parts of libya. so to go after al qaeda, it's a nice set of words but a promise that may be very hard to live up to, wolf. >> certainly will be, barbara. thank you. >>> an american worker at the algerian gas facility tells cnn he escaped on the first day of the siege by islamic terrorists. mark cobb, believed to be a resident of texas, told cnn in a message that he's safe after escaping with some algerian staffers. according to his linkedin pain, he's manager of a joint venture in algeria. >>> other news right now, it was a blunt and chilling confession to the world. lance armstrong admitting unequivocally to oprah winfrey th
. president obama took on the single greatest threat to the global economy today, the republican party. the president used the final news conference of his first term to throw down the gauntlet. after years of deliberate confusion by republicans, president obama set the record straight on the debt ceiling. >> now, the other congressionally imposed deadline coming up is the so-called debt ceiling, something most americans hadn't even heard of before two years ago. so i want to be clear about this. the debt ceiling is not a question of authorizing more spending. raising the debt ceiling does not authorize more spending. it simply allows the country to pay for spending that congress has already committed to. >> and of course republicans tried to trick americans into believing the debt ceiling was a blank check or magic credit card for the president to go spend whatever he wanted to spend. of course, the united states constitution gives the power to tax and spend to the congress, and the congress alone. our current deficit is the result of money congress has already borrowed. president oba
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, six years, even before he endorsed barack obama the first time, i would get attacked for associating with colin powell's very conservative with a small "c" realist approach that republican presidents followed for years. it was the weinberger doctrine. it was the reagan doctrine. it was the powell doctrine. and suddenly, it became the doctrine of lefties? >> colin powell is a self-identified republican and has been for many, many years. and with each passing year, with each passing election cycle, the republican party, too many within the republican party, try to further estrange him from the republican party platform, from much of what is said publicly by a lot of republicans. colin powell is also a guy who has the ability and the belief that a lot of republicans -- not a lot -- but too many republicans and too many democrats don't have, he has the ability and the belief to put country ahead of party. and that's unfortunately something that's passe in washington. >> the problem, leigh, though is there are, you know, we're here in new york. or washington or boston or l.a. and the conv
think obama has papered over that for the last four years. but i think that's going to change here in the next few years. the first issue where i think we'll see a conversation on this is the question of entitlements. there are some folks in the democratic party who are happy to have a conversation on issues like the eligibility age for medicare. other democrats like sherrod brown, the senator from ohio, i talked to, they say hell, no, we are not going to have a conversation about that. that is core to our dna, and we're not going to move on that. >> j-mart, last time republicans had an internal debate about a lot of these issues, a lot of folks divided the party. you mention smd moderaed some m coming over to the democratic party. do you see a contentious primaries in the future for the 2014 midterms? >> well, look. i don't think you're going to see the sort of club-for-growth-style conservative on moderate attacks that you see in the gop. i think you're going to see some of that. keep in mind, the primary story began '06 when joe lieberman in connecticut faced a threat from his l
english. president obama has promised to dive into an immigration overhaul, as well, this year. >>> well, we've said it before, congress is unpopular, but worse than cockroaches? apparently. new numbers from public policy polling pitted congress against the worst of the worst. they found congress was less popular than brusal sprouts and used car salesman. but even worse, people have a higher opinion of cockroaches, replacement referees and root canals. so, what did congress beat out? lindsay lohan, lobbyists and the kardashians. not very complimentary. but there seems to be one place that people really like washington, at the movies. cnn chris lawrence reports, hollywood's portrayal of washington may be just a little off base. >> maybe they ran out of super heroes or aliens weren't available. >> there are only bad options. it's about finding the best one. >> reporter: hollywood is turning to government analysts to anchor its hit films. >> mia, this is joseph bradley. >> reporter: former cia officers admit the agency virginia headquarters isn't exactly a tourist destination. >> most of wh
. stand by. you're in "the situation room." next monday president obama will speak to the american people and to the world in his second inauguration speech. but after four very challenging years in office, what tone should the president strike this time around? joining us now, democratic strategist paul begala and david frum, a former white house speechwriter for george h.w. bush. also author of "why romney lost." doing very well. here's what the white house press secretary said today about the president's speech preparation. let me play the clip from jay carney. >> all i can tell you is the president in general when he works on a speech writes them long hand on a yellow pad and i've seen some yellow pads filled with writing of late around but i don't have any more details on the speech. >> both of you are former speechwriters. paul, you wrote this on the daily beast. president obama's task is much like the couple renewing their wedding vows after decades of tough but rewarding marriage. if the words are too ideal list, they will seem hollow or saccharine. if too shallow, why even bother
. >> there's a lot of pain. >> absolutely. >> we went through a lot of tragedy last year, a lot of political divisiveness. and it's just time for that healing and reconciliation and daddy's, you know, work represented that. >> reporter: king says she believes president obama in trying to reunite the country is striking the right tone. >> co-have after the election, said how you like me now? you know what i'm saying? it is hard. some people can be sore losers, that is just the real i the president sets the tone in the nation, if nobody else does. he is compassionate and dr. king was compassionate. and he is committed to the next generation. >> reporter: what does king's youngest think president obama should do next? >> right before he was assassinated, he was in memphis, tennessee, to bring attention to the work of the sanitation workers, those that were not receiving adequate wages and they were not being treated fairly and he was in the midst of planning this poor people's campaign. and i'd like to see more emphasis placed on poverty in our nation. >> reporter: king specifically singles out
says that this year's vaccine is a good match for the flu strain going around. >> president obama paid a visit to the clinic at the pentagon this week, and don't worry, not for a case of the flu, but the white house says a routine fit ness evaluation, and the results will be released by the end of the month. the president's last exam in 2011 found the long-time smoker toe b tobacco-free and consuming a healthy diet. >>> moving overseas, ousted president hosni mew bark ra has won a trial for murders. the retrial will be based on the same evidence, but this time, judges will consider mubarak's health. the 84-year-old recently broke his ribs in a fall. mubarak's trial, as you may recall drew the world's attention, because he was the first arab leader to p be jailed by his people, and because he appeared in court lying on a hospital bed and confined to a cage. >>> in an incident yearly similar to a deadly sexual assault that send shock waves worldwide, indian police say another indian woman has been gang raped on a bus. and there are six arrests including the bus driver, and this time the
because we've seen already over the past four years what the obama administration's been doing with these air strikes. >> aerial drone strikes aside, does the cia need to pull out at the same time as the military? because doesn't the military help back up many of their operations? >> without a doubt. but the cia already maintains such a strong presence across the region it's unlikely that it's going to reduce that. there's some aspect of the cia's presence that's involved with helping the military, perhaps gathering intelligence precisely for operations that involve troops, but also that's going to shift perhaps to providing intelligence for these types of drones. a lot of that relies on human intelligence on the ground and assets on the ground. it's unlikely that is going to be reduced if the u.s. still feels it needs to have that presence as they've indicated they will. >> does the cia operate in its own kind of bubble? are they going to be able to as effectively bring this human intelligence with less people on the ground? >> well, from a technological point of view, phone i
. president obama's legacy going forward. why his re-election is perhaps more historic, next. >>> four years ago plm 2 million people crowded onto the national mall in washington to watch the first black man take the oath of office, the 44th president of the united states. people came from all over the country and brought their children and in imaginations brought friends and family members who had not lived long enough to see such an occasion. it was a transform tiff moment in history, an undeniable point of racial progress but it wasn't post racial. the president himself recognized this early on. >> i have never been so naive as to believe we can get beyond our racial divisions in a single election cycle. or with a single candidate, particularly a candidacy as imperfect as my own. >> the newspaper "the onion" also recognizes which is why they ran this rather appropriate post election headline, "black man given nation's worst job." so much about president obama is seen through the prism of race, how he won the white house, how he governed the past four years and the conditions under which h
] fight 7 signs of aging flawlessly. cc what's possible. >>> four years ago president obama said -- >> on this day we gather because we've chosen hope over fear. unity of purpose over conflict and discord. on the day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises the recriminations and worn-out dogmas that for far too long have strangled our politics. >> and any notion that an obama administration would bring about an end to dogma or discord quickly evaporated during the first of the presidency and seemed positively quaint after republicans resumed control of the house. the lessons learned by the administration in the first four years have made the president a very different leader. far less conciliatory in to be and arguably in substance. in the central message of 2008 to change the way the ligs does. he characterized the messy political process as something not to overcome, but rather to embrace. >> democracy in a nation of 300 million can be noisy and messy and complicated. we have our own opinions. each of us has deeply-held beliefs. and when we go thr
president obama, my name is julia. i'm an 11-year-old who lives here in d.c. there are no words to explain how sad i am about the school shooting. even though i'm not scared for my safety, i'm scared for others. i have four brothers and sisters and i know i would not be able to bear the thought of losing any of them. i may not be that into politics, but my opinion is it should be very hard for people to buy guns. the only thing they do is harm or kill and guns should only be in the most horrible event, where others will get hurt if they are not. i know that laws have to be passed by congress, but i beg you to try very hard to make guns not allowed, not just for me, but the whole united states. my love and regrets, julia. >> that's a very thoughtful letter, julia. why did you decide to sit down and write it? >> well, i was overwhelmed with sadness about the school shooting and knew as one person i couldn't do anything, but i knew that president obama could. so i decided to write this letter hoping that at least he would read it and think of doing something. >> theo, you're the dad. did you
this, and wouldn't look as nuts. so it is kind of obama's fault. of course, the simpler explanation is not that obama planned all this. but the reason they have been taking moderate positions they have taken for years now, those just may be the positions. if the republican party can't agree to them or come up with popular ideas of their own, the problem may be within the republican party, not at 1600 pennsylvania avenue. barack obama is the president of the united states. he is a very powerful man, responsible for many things. but he is not why most republicans have taken a pledge, saying they will never raise a dollar in taxes no matter what the budget deficit looks like. he is not why they decided to put the whole u.s. economy at risk if they don't get their way on spending cuts. he is not why the white house partnered with gun legislation, no matter how small, is tantamount to taking away guns, he is not why extreme movements like extreme ideas like going back to a gold standard in the middle of an economic crisis have taken root on the right. this country needs and deserves a be
obama administration was also not an administration saying let's go find some place to bomb. neither, for that matter, was president bush's eight years. we fought the wars that we felt were necessary. president bush worked hard to try to solve other problems through diplomatic means. and so i think it's a little too stark to make this kind of characterization. i, as you well know, always believed that we should try to avoid war. we should be willing to talk to friends and willing to talk to enemies. and try to find a solution that's peaceful. but when do you find it is necessary to use military force, use it with a clear political objective in mind and use it for a decisive result. that's the kind of attitude that chuck hagel will bring to the equation. we will be careful. he will give the president his best advice on the use or non-use of military force, how to solve the problem diplomatically. i'm sure he will be a great companion with mr. kerry in that regard. it's a good team. i think it's a very, very good team. now, a lot of my friends in the community who are of a more rightis
day falls on a sunday this year, the official swearing in of president obama will take place in a private ceremony at the white house as it has to on a sunday. monday is the big day, folks. this all kicks off with a church service at st. john's church, just across the street from the white house. then on to the public. the swearing in here where hundreds of thousands are expected to turn out on what will be, i'm sure, a chilly washington day, from capitol hill to the national mall, pennsylvania avenue, for the inaugural parade. i will be there. i'm so excited. i'll be there in the thick of things. of course, many, many -- many, many of our cnn crews will be there as well. you can catch it here on cnn through monday. much like the halftime show at the super bowl, the opportunity to perform at a presidential inauguration really is the chance of a lifetime. and come monday, you have beyonce, kelly clarkson, james taylor, all performing in front of the president. no pressure. so will the 50 children and teenagers of a marching band from iowa, they'll be feeling a little bit of th
from 10-year-old kijah from fworge ga. asking mr. obama to stop gun violence. a number of those children will join the president on stage today. bill: we're awaiting the headlines, wendell. what is the expectation? what will be the proposal from the president? >> reporter: here a combination of proposals, bill. some for congress. some measures the government can take on its own. the president will announce a crackdown on people that lie on background checks. tougher penalties for gun traffickers. better distribution of mental health records. he will ask lawmakers to pass legislation requiring universal background checks and banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines where republican congressman bob goodlatte of west virgina suggests he will run into opposition. >> this is a very important constitutional right. we're dedicated to protecting the second amendment from that standpoint. what we want to focus on are ways to make sure that people with serious mental difficulties are kept away from firearms. >> reporter: even democrats saying the assault weapons ban in particul
years. a new article about king coal and he joins me now. reed, it's interesting. people will look at this and say, oh, this is just a reaction to president obama. and what i wanted to make sure people understood is this is something, it's more about as the environmental movement became more synonymous with the democratic party, and this is split. because coal workers are union guys. >> and this is part of a large shift that's happened a couple of times in. the unionization movement grew, labor became a huge force and democrats basically controlled west virginia and kentucky on and off. for the better part of the 20th century. then after bill clinton's administration, democrats came to rely more on environmentalists as a leg of their stool. the environmental movement grew and democrats became more of a coastal country, coastal party that is and the party has slipped over the last couple of decades. the republicans won the kentucky state senate in 2000. one of the few highlights was knocking off ben chandler in kentucky. >> republicans made gains in west virginia in their house dele
appropriate post election headline, "black man given nation's worst job." so much about president obama is seen through the prism of race, how he won the white house, how he governed the past four years and the conditions under which he won re-election. there were quite a few people who believe president obama won the first election because of luck and timing because he succeeded george w. bush a two-term president who left america in dire straits and that just as obama's opponent john mccain seemed to be getting momentum the entire global economy crashed. precisely because obama's election the first time was and is viewed by a sizable majority of americans as a fluke or one off sentimental indulgence his re-election is all the more significant for what it says about american politics and the ongoing trauma of race. by 2016 a child born in the first hours of the 21st century will have lived half her life and her most formtive years with a black president. joining me at the table of ben jealous president and ceo of the naacp. julian malveaux author of "surviving and thriving" 365 facts i
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